Uttarakhand gets sex sorted semen lab to better its bovine breeds | dehradun | Hindustan Times
  • Saturday, Jul 21, 2018
  •   °C  
Today in New Delhi, India
Jul 21, 2018-Saturday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

Uttarakhand gets sex sorted semen lab to better its bovine breeds

Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Saturday unveiled the country’s first Sexed Sorted Semen Laboratory in Rishikesh, saying the test centre will help produce high milk yielding indigenous varieties of cows and buffaloes

dehradun Updated: Jun 09, 2018 21:48 IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
CM Trivendra Singh Rawat, union minister Radha Mohan Singh inaugurate Sexed Sorted Semen Laboratory in Rishikesh on Saturday.(HT Photo)

Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Saturday unveiled the country’s first Sexed Sorted Semen Laboratory in Rishikesh, saying the test centre will help produce high milk yielding indigenous varieties of cows and buffaloes.

Rawat said the laboratory has been set up as part of the Rashtriya Gokul Mission.

Sexed semen technology is about preselecting the sex of offspring by sorting or separating the X-sperms from Y-sperms.

“It (Mission) aims to conserve the indigenous breeds of cows and enhance their milk productivity,” he said at the inaugural function also attended by union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh.

Rawat clarified that the proliferation of the high yielding varieties of cows through state-of-the-art laboratory would help (the government) achieve the target of increasing farmers’ income.

“We (government) are trying to make arrangements, so that by the year 2021, cows wouldn’t be seen roaming on roads but would become a source of livelihood for farmers,” he said.

Rawat said some success has been achieved in increasing the milk productivity of the indigenous variety of Badri cow. “Efforts are on to increase it now,” he said.

Union minister Singh said the central government has been dedicatedly working for the past four years for the welfare of farmers.

“Because of the government efforts, more than 700 agricultural scientists in the country have come out of their laboratories and are doing research at the ground level,” he said.

Singh, however, noted that despite India’s achievements in the animal husbandry sector the latter lacks desired productivity. “Along with the annual growth rate, we have to lay stress on increasing production as well.”